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Master's in Global Studies

**Please note that this programme is only offered at Master's level**


The MSocSc in Global Studies is offered in partnership with the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi (India).

The aim of this specialisation is to enhance our students' intercultural competence and expose them to diverse knowledge systems in the social sciences;to enrich their understand of social change in a globalising world; and to understand the functioning of social institutions in diverse societies. Students in the Global Studies programme study and research on three different continents, and each group comprises students from all parts of the world. 

Students registered for the programme at UCT (students may opt to make Freiburg their home institution) will spend their first semester at Freiburg University. The second semester is completed at UCT where students will find a committed set of lecturers and experts in their fields who combine an astute awareness of globalisation processes and their implications for societies in the south and in Africa. A third semester is spent at JNU. Students then return to Cape Town to complete their minor dissertations. 

Above: The 2015-2017 Global Studies cohort at Freiburg University 

Prescribed curriculum:

UCT Compulsory (core) courses:
SOC5012S Sociology of Deviance 
SOC5013S Action, Resistance, Alternatives 
SOC5032W Minor Dissertation 

The remaining courses will be completed at UCT, Freiburg and JNU:

UCT elective courses (choose two half-courses):

  • SOC4025S Art and the Sociology of Popular Culture 
  • SOC5008S Contemporary Social Theory 
  • SOC5011S Society and Natural Resources 
  • SOC5015S Workers, Change & Continuity 
  • SOC5024S Development Theory & Practice (contingent on availability of practical internships) 
  • SOC5034S GPNs Development & Decent Work 

Click here to see the outlines for the postgraduate courses offered by the Department.

Subject to the approval of the Convener, another elective offered by the Department of Sociology or a cognate department may replace one or two of the listed electives.

Freiburg  courses (four half-courses) 

  • European Social Thought 
  • Theories of Globalisation 
  • Globalisation and International Relations
  • Empirical Methods in Anthropology/Human Geography 

JNU elective courses

  • Polity and Society in India (half course)
  • Globalisation, International Institutions and Society (half course)
  • Techniques of Social Research (half course)